Katehietal - Session 2630 A New Framework for Academic...

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Session 2630 Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2004, American Society for Engineering A New Framework for Academic Reform in Engineering Education Linda P.B. Katehi, Katherine Banks, Heidi A. Diefes-Dux, Deborah K. Follman, John Gaunt, Kamyar Haghighi, P.K. Imbrie, Leah H. Jamieson, Robert E. Montgomery, William C. Oakes, and Phillip Wankat Purdue University West Lafayette, IN Abstract The national need for engineering education reform is widely recognized. Yet, engineering faculty find the challenges to engaging in engineering education research formidable. Perceptions of what constitutes scholarly activity in the face of promotion and tenure keep many talented and passionate engineering faculty from working in this field. However, changes in culture are occurring due to increased press for engineering education reform on many fronts and an increased availability of funding for engineering education research. The Schools of Engineering at Purdue University are proposing a new framework in which such faculty can thrive; they are evaluating the creation of programs to support engineering education. This presentation will address these issues and present for discussion a vision to legitimize, institutionalize, and advance the establishment of formal academic programs in engineering education. I. Engineering in the 21 st Century Our future engineering graduates will enter into a world marked by rapid and global change. Distance, time, and geography are developing new meaning as a result of advances in information and computer technologies and the establishment of global partnerships and alliances that provide mechanisms for collaborations that cross disciplines, institutions, states, and countries. Proactive leadership is and will continue to be needed. Future engineering graduates need to be educated to take a leadership role in shaping events to create a better future. Environment/workplace: Today’s workplace has changed dramatically from what it was even a decade ago. Some of the characteristics of the work environment for our graduates are: Increasing global competition, global economy Knowledge-based economy Changing demographics Continuing education and lifelong learning Rapid technology development and change Shrinking product life cycles Quality and cost dominated products/processes Material and process dominated designs Enterprise-oriented organization Increasing role of “integrated” engineering
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Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2004, American Society for Engineering Sustainability for natural resources Growing concern for biodiversity Increasingly biologically oriented processes/products To successfully compete and be leaders in the future workplace, our graduates must have a
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